Last night on Conan, after briefly making the case that Boston accents are sexy, Mindy Kaling talked about active imaginations, celebrotica, exercise — and the thrilling combination of all three. Kaling describes her fitness routine (which she also incorporated into The Mindy Project):
I have to pretend, when I run, that I’m avenging the murder of my husband. I have to have these elaborate fantasies to motivate myself... I can’t just be motivated by, like, oh this is good for my health, I should be trim because I’m an actress in Los Angeles. That won’t work for me. I’ll just stay in bed. So, I have to be like, Okay, what am I doing? Okay! Michael Fassbender is my husband and then we were in Central Park one day and someone stabbed him because they hated interracial couples and they got away with it and now I have to go down to Brazil and find this Nazi who killed my husband who is Michael Fassbender.
Your workout is a training montage. Gyms take note! Rather than intoning platitudes about not standing in your own way, trainers should be thinking about character and narrative. And if you're having trouble keeping up with your own plot twists, don't worry, says Kaling:
My mind wanders too. I’m trying to avenge murder and then I’m hanging out with Beyoncé and in my mind we're going shopping.
Nothing wrong with that.